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Forensic Science II: More Secrets of the Dead

Forensic Science II: More Secrets of the Dead


The best way to battle crime these days is not with a weapon, but with science. Dig deeper into the science of forensics and the basic scientific principles used in the lab, such as toxicology, material analysis, microscopy, and forensic anthropology. Find out how scientists use everything from insects to bones to help them solve crimes. And discover how advanced techniques and technology can lead to catching even the craftiest criminal.

  • The illegal drug trade has been a major concern within North America for law enforcement and the criminal justice system. It is not surprising, then, that this area also presents a major area for forensic science. Forensic scientists play an important role in investigating and solving drug cases. Not only do they help to identify whether illegal drugs are present at a crime scene, but they also help identify the particular drugs and how they may have been involved in different crimes.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Learn about some of the different types of drugs and their effects.
    • Examine some of the common ways that samples can be taken from humans to test for drugs.
    • Consider some of the issues in collecting and preserving drug evidence.
    • Investigate screening tests and their uses in criminal investigations.
    • Discuss confirmatory tests and their uses in criminal investigations.
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